Behind the Kitchen Door: Weevils, ants found in bags of dry foods lead to low score, re-inspection for cafe

Luci’s Cafe given 10 days to make corrections

SAN ANTONIO – Roaches, weevils, ants, and dirty conditions led to re-inspections for three San Antonio food businesses, including a local coffee shop and convenience store with a history of low scores.

It’s not the first time KSAT Investigates reporter Tim Gerber has reported on problems behind their kitchen doors.

Pik Nik Foods

Pik Nik Foods, located in the 1200 block of South General McMullen, had its June inspection score of 81 posted right on its front door. It was a 2-point drop from the 83 it had when featured on Behind the Kitchen Door (BKD) in January.

This time around, health inspection reports showed there was a roach found in a cooler on the service line and “many” flies in the business. That roach in the cooler came in contact with ready-to-eat lettuce and cut tomatoes.

The pickle tongs were rusty, the ice scoop was found on top of the “dirty” ice machine, and the ice bucket was “broken and cracked.” The inside of the ice machine had a pink and black “mold-like substance” growing on the walls.

Employees also needed to clean up grease caked on the floors, equipment, and walls.

A re-inspection was ordered.

Luci’s Cafe

Luci’s Cafe, located in the 500 block of West Mitchell Street, earned an 82.

According to the inspection report, some foods were found held at improper temps.

A bag of chili powder had live weevils, while a bag of dried shrimp had ants crawling inside. Small live roaches were also spotted near a sink.

Metal racks in a refrigerator had peeling paint that needed to be repaired, and they needed to do a thorough cleaning of the business.

They were given 10 days to make corrections before a re-inspection.

Jim’s Restaurant

Jim’s Restaurant, located at the corner of Culebra and Loop 1604, earned an 86 and a re-inspection. This is the third time the business has been on Behind the Kitchen Door in the past year.

Raw chicken in a cooler was too warm, so it was moved to a working cooler.

There were live roaches along the cooking line and in a non-working cooler.

The business was told to “intensify cleaning efforts” to remove food and grease buildup on the walls, floors, and ceilings.

They were also told to stop storing employee hats on clean plates.

Score Guide

100-90 = A (Very Good to Acceptable)

89-80 = B (Acceptable to Marginal)

79 or lower = C (Marginal to Poor)

*Metro Health indicates that scores of 69 or lower are failing scores

Other scores from this week of inspections (6/11 - 6/16)

El Taco de Jalisco, 100

4407 Vance Jackson


Las Quesadillas, 100

14530 Brook Hollow


Pizza Hut, 100

2597 Jackson Keller


Subway, 100

6826 N FM 1604 E


Torchy’s Tacos, 100

11654 Bandera Rd


McDonald’s, 99

8349 Culebra Rd


Hula Poke Bandera, 98

11830 Bandera Rd


Dairy Queen, 97

3436 Culebra Rd


Kwik Trip Food Store, 96

551 Fredericksburg Rd


Taqueria Arandas, 95

7055 Military Dr W


Papa John’s Pizza, 94

12642 Nacogdoches Rd


El Nuevo Milenio Cafe, 93

7150 New Laredo Hwy


El Alteno Mexican Food, 92

7135 Somerset Rd


Los Ajos Mexican Grill, 91

7616 Culebra Rd


Bill Miller BBQ, 90

4500 Broadway

Want to know who has good scores and who doesn’t? KSAT 12 has a new tool for that.

Just click this link, and it will take you to a new mapping tool we have showing the recent scores for San Antonio food businesses.

The reports go back six months and are frequently updated.

You can catch Tim’s BKD reports Thursdays on the Nightbeat.


Watch other Behind the Kitchen Door stories here

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About the Authors

Before starting at KSAT in August 2011, Ken was a news photographer at KENS. Before that he was a news photographer at KVDA TV in San Antonio. Ken graduated from San Antonio College with an associate's degree in Radio, TV and Film. Ken has won a Sun Coast Emmy and four Lone Star Emmys. Ken has been in the TV industry since 1994.

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